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Crowded Carolinas Jr Leaderboard for Final Rd

The youngest player in the field, Abhay Gupta, 13, holds a share of 36-hole lead at Carolinas Junior

CONCORD, N.C. (July 26, 2017) -- Second round results of the Carolinas Golf Association's 68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship at Cabarrus Country Club in Concord, N.C. on Wednesday, July 26th (6984 yards, par 36-36--72).

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Entering Thursday's final round of the 68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship, the youngest player in the field, Concord local Abhay Gupta, has a share of the lead. At 13 years and one month old, Gupta put together rounds of 68-71 for a two-day total of five-under-par. Playing on a familiar Cabarrus Country Club layout through 36 holes, the young Gupta has made just three bogeys, which he offset with eight birdies. 

Tied with Gupta atop a crowded leaderboard is 16-year-old Fulton Smith of Pinehurst, N.C. Last August, Smith captured his first CGA title at the Dogwood State Junior Boys' Championship, also held at Cabarrus Country Club. Smith won with a three-day total of seven-under-par. At the same tournament, Gupta, then 12-years-old, finished T60 at 17-over after 54 holes.

On Wednesday, Smith credited his wedge play to his three-under 69. While playing two of Cabarrus CC's short par-4s, Nos. 6 and 10, Smith placed his wedge approaches within three feet of the cup for birdies. Keeping his tee shots on the short grass allowed Smith to attack the flag, "That's the toughest part of this course," stated Smith, who has verbally committed to Wake Forest University. "On the short par-4s it's important to hit the fairway because the rough is so penal." The rising high school junior also demonstrated fine wedge play to convert up and down birdies on the par-5 8th and 11th holes.

First round leader, Stephen Carroll of Concord, N.C. rebounded after a double bogey, bogey start to post two-over 74. He is tied for second, one shot back of the leaders. "I can't be upset with how I played after that start," said Carroll, who will play for East Carolina University in the fall. "One-under after the third hole is alright with me."

2015 North Carolina Junior Boys' champion Jack Massei, 18, of Cary, N.C. and Michael Sanders, 17, of Davidson, N.C. are tied for second with Carroll at four-under-par 140.

Fourteen players are within three shots of the leaders. Wednesday's lowest round of four-under 68 was shot by Lansdon Robbins of Davidson, N.C. and Zane Sullivan of Charlotte, N.C.

The Carolinas Junior Boys' championship format is 54-holes of stroke play. The field was reduced from 142 to the low 70 players and ties after 36 holes. 76 players made the cut at 7-over-par 151 to advance into Thursday's final 18 holes. The lead group of Gupta, Smith, and Sanders will tee off the first hole at 9:18 a.m.

Scoring of the final round will be provided by the CGA at various scoring stations. Live updates will also be available on the CGA’s official Twitter, @CarolinasJunior. Continue to visit the CGA website throughout this championship and all year long for complete championship coverage including scores, interviews, photos, and recaps.

Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has not reached his 19th birthday by July 27, 2017, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA handicap index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.4.


68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship
Cabarrus Country Club | Concord, NC

Second Round Results

T1  Abhay Gupta (2022) Concord, NC    68-71--139
   Fulton Smith (2019) Pinehurst, NC    70-69--139
T3  Stephen Carroll (2017) Concord, NC    66-74--140
   Michael Sanders (2018) Davidson, NC    70-70--140
   Jack Massei (2018) Cary, NC    69-71--140
6  Zane Sullivan (2019) Charlotte, NC    73-68--141
T7  Chandler Metz (2017) Wilkesboro, NC    72-70--142
   Brady Hinkle (2018) Lancaster, SC    68-74--142
   Peter Fountain (2020) Raleigh, NC    69-73--142
   Pierce Robinson (2019) Kings Mountain, NC    74-68--142
   Quinn Riley (2018) Raleigh, NC    70-72--142
   Jacob Bridgeman (2018) Inman, SC    69-73--142
   Ethan Hall (2019) Morehead City, NC    69-73--142
   Garrett Cooper (2019) Cowpens, SC    70-72--142
T15  William Crook (2018) Sherrills Ford, NC    73-70--143
   Lansdon Robbins (2018) Davidson, NC    75-68--143
   Walker Jones (2018) Sumter, SC    72-71--143
   Nicholas Mayfield (2019) Rock Hill, SC    70-73--143
T19  Michael Baker (2017) Concord, NC    69-75--144
   Quinton Metz (2019) Wilkesboro, NC    73-71--144
   Jacob Lowe (2017) Angier, NC    71-73--144
   Andrew Wilmoth (2018) Raleigh, NC    73-71--144
   Jackson Van Paris (2021) Pinehurst, NC    71-73--144
   Drew Hackett (2019) Charlotte, NC    70-74--144
T25  Mason Elmore (2017) Charlotte, NC    70-75--145
   Chris Kim (2019) Cary, NC    69-76--145
   Michael Coe (2017) Morrisville, NC    73-72--145
   Jacob Rutter (2017) Winston-Salem, NC    70-75--145
   Seth Taylor (2019) Gaffney, SC    72-73--145
   Spencer Oxendine (2019) Fayetteville, NC    73-72--145
   Graham Chase (2019) Charlotte, NC    71-74--145
   Attie Giles (2018) Pinehurst, NC    67-78--145
   Alex Goff (2018) Kings Mountain, NC    71-74--145
   Ike Joy (2021) Denver, NC    74-71--145
T35  Nathan Norfleet (2018) Chapel Hill, NC    73-73--146
   Carson Ownbey (2018) Candler, NC    77-69--146
   Holden Grigg (2019) Myrtle Beach, SC    72-74--146
   Ben Woodruff (2018) Huntersville, NC    69-77--146
   Zack Gordon (2018) Gaffney, SC    71-75--146
T40  Brady Hooks (2019) Clayton, NC    70-77--147
   Charlie Tate (2018) Greensboro, NC    75-72--147
   Tim Bunten (2017) Concord, NC    70-77--147
   Will Hawley (2019) Raleigh, NC    74-73--147
   Chad Carter (2018) Aiken, SC    75-72--147
   Narayan Mohan (2021) Charlotte, NC    72-75--147
   Ian Faulconer (2019) Simpsonville, SC    71-76--147
T47  Michael Childress (2018) Salisbury, NC    71-77--148
   Patten Williams (2017) Davidson, NC    74-74--148
   Will Sleeper (2018) Charlotte, NC    75-73--148
   Zach Caudill (2017) Wilkesboro, NC    75-73--148
   Thomas Eubanks (2019) Charlotte , NC     69-79--148
   Grant Sellers (2018) McBee, SC    73-75--148
   Garrett Clark (2020) Burlington, NC    72-76--148
T54  Connor Moore (2018) Bluffton, SC    71-78--149
   Avery Papalia (2017) Kernersville, NC    76-73--149
   Christian Bailey (2017) Matthews, NC    76-73--149
   Daniel Azallion (2019) Hilton Head, SC    75-74--149
   Chandler Perry (2018) Clinton, NC    74-75--149
   Noah Connor (2019) Reidsville, NC    70-79--149
   Rafe Reynolds (2020) Greenville, SC    75-74--149
   Bronson Myers (2018) Columbia, SC    76-73--149
   Gene Zeigler (2021) Florence, SC    71-78--149
T63  Nicholas Holanek (2017) Cary, NC    75-75--150
   Tyler Dechellis (2021) Clayton, NC    75-75--150
   Cody Transou (2018) Gaffney, SC    76-74--150
   Michael Blair (2020) Kernersville, NC    76-74--150
   Trey Pope (2018) Clinton, NC    75-75--150
   Thomas Hollingsworth III (2019) Spartanburg, SC  77-73--150
T69  Tyler Gray (2018) Lugoff, SC    76-75--151
   Kenan Poole II (2019) Raleigh, NC    76-75--151
   Zach Roberts (2020) Holly Springs, NC    76-75--151
   Riley Smith (2019) Concord, NC    78-73--151
   Austin Bonfiglio (2017) Holly Springs, NC    77-74--151
   Colin Browning (2020) Charlotte, NC    76-75--151
   Drayton Stewart (2019) Charleston, SC    71-80--151
   Austin Scott (2021) Charleston, SC    73-78--151
  Failed to Qualify for Final Round    
T77  Alex Scott (2017) Raleigh, NC    77-75--152
   Landon Barnes (2020) Pilot Mountain, NC    77-75--152
   Addison Manring (2017) Stoneville, NC    77-75--152
   Matthew Fary (2018) Thomasville, NC    77-75--152
   Justin Poole (2017) Wendell, NC    77-75--152
   Micah Westermeyer (2017) Chapin, SC    74-78--152
T83  Austin Duncan (2017) Bessemer City, NC    75-78--153
   Kaison King (2017) Elon, NC    77-76--153
   Dalton Mauldin (2017) Sanford, NC    75-78--153
   Joey Pritchard (2020) Whispering Pines, NC    74-79--153
   Jack Brea (2017) Charlotte, NC    80-73--153
   Levi Moody (2018) Greenville, SC    74-79--153
   Andrew Graham (2021) Asheville, NC    75-78--153
   Onterio Jones (2018) Simpsonville, SC    76-77--153
   Benjamin Loudermilk (2018) Anderson, SC    80-73--153
T92  Jack Towarnicky (2019) New Bern, NC    81-73--154
   Clark Kistler (2017) Charlotte, NC    80-74--154
   Daniel Adkins II (2021) Holly Springs, NC    77-77--154
   Jack Phenecie (2018) Davidson, NC    78-76--154
   Keegan Vaugh (2020) Myrtle Beach , SC    77-77--154
   Alec Vardas (2018) Lexington, SC    80-74--154
T98  Tanner Bibey (2017) Walnut Cove, NC    75-80--155
   Parker Lewis (2018) Spartanburg, SC    77-78--155
   Manning Sloop (2020) Rock Hill, SC    77-78--155
   Braxton Tracy (2018) Huntersville, NC    77-78--155
   Davis Gilmore (2018) Winston Salem, NC    78-77--155
T103  Carter Cheek (2018) Cary, NC    75-81--156
   Carson Castelli (2018) Greensboro, NC    79-77--156
   Seve Anfindsen (2017) Apex, NC    81-75--156
   Karsten Shields (2020) Monroe, NC    77-79--156
   Johnny Velasquez (2020) Mt. Pleasant, SC    79-77--156
   Hinson Perry (2020) Rock Hill, SC    81-75--156
T109  Grant Smith (2019) Charlotte, NC    80-77--157
   Tyler Partee (2021) Thomasville , NC    79-78--157
   Parker Chavis (2017) China Grove, NC    80-77--157
   Kellen Graham (2018) Asheville , NC    80-77--157
   Jared Clontz (2019) Nebo, NC    80-77--157
   Addison Beam (2019) Cherryville, NC    78-79--157
T115  Drew Weary (2018) Bluffton, SC    78-80--158
   Connor Jones (2018) Raleigh, NC    77-81--158
   Connor Fahey (2018) Greenville, SC    79-79--158
T118  Josh Lendach (2021) Raleigh, NC    82-77--159
   Justin Kristof (2018) Morrisville, NC    80-79--159
   Payne Thrift (2020) Charlotte, NC    76-83--159
   Kevin Burris (2018) Conway, SC    81-78--159
122  Christian Jarrell (2020) Davidson, NC    77-83--160
T123  Will Tamplin (2017) Asheville, NC    82-79--161
   Justin Guilford (2019) Huntersville, NC    79-82--161
   Payne Gettys (2020) Rock Hill, SC    81-80--161
T126  Minor Hinson (2021) Charlotte, NC    79-83--162
   Colin Trahan (2019) North Augusta, SC    80-82--162
   William Brooks (2019) Woodruff, SC    84-78--162
129  Mitchell Tanis (2020) Pineville, NC    85-78--163
T130  Brandon Einstein (2018) Clemmons, NC    79-85--164
   Alex Rubino (2019) Charlotte, NC    85-79--164
   Colin Wholey (2018) Charlotte, NC    84-80--164
   Wilhelm Elliott (2019) Columbia, SC    81-83--164
   Dillon Hite (2019) Lexington, SC    80-84--164
   Garrett Dawson (2019) Wilkesboro, NC    83-81--164
T136  Andrew Johnson (2018) Millers Creek, NC    79-86--165
   Collin Adams (2020) Charlotte, NC    81-84--165
138  Gus Lascola (2018) Durham, NC    85-82--167
T139  Rence O'Connor (2020) Columbia, SC    84-87--171
   Zander Briggs (2020) Simpsonville, SC    83-88--171
141  Zain Tucker (2018) Salisbury, NC    88-85--173
142  Jackson Neal (2019) Concord, NC    89-85--174




Championship Facts

Event: 68th Carolinas Junior Boys' Championship

Playing Dates: July 25-27

Host Site: Cabarrus Country Club, Concord, N.C.
6,986 yards, par 72.

Defending Champion: Jacob Bridgeman of Inman, SC
Format: 54-holes of stroke play. The field will be reduced to the low 70 and ties after 36 holes.
Eligibility: Entry is open to any male amateur golfer who has not reached his 19th birthday by July 27, 2017, who has not started college, is a legal resident of North Carolina or South Carolina, is a member in good standing of a club which is a member of the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA) and has a current USGA handicap index® at a CGA member club that does not exceed 18.4.


Schedule of rounds

Tuesday, July 25
7:30 a.m. – 9:09 a.m. Round 1 starting times
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Players’ lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:48 p.m. Round 1 starting times

Wednesday, July 26
7:30 a.m. – 9:09 a.m. Round 2 starting times
11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Players’ lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:48 p.m. Round 2 starting times

Thursday, July 27
7:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Final round starting times
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Players’ lunch
2:00 p.m. Awards presentation

About the Carolinas Golf Association (CGA)

The CGA is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization that was founded in 1909 to promote and to protect the game of golf in the Carolinas by providing competitions, education, support and benefits to golf clubs and golfers. The CGA is the second largest golf association in the country with over 700 member clubs represented by nearly 150,000 individuals.

The CGA annually conducts 48 championships and five team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. It also runs over 150 One-Day (net and gross) events as well as qualifying for USGA national championships. The CGA serves golf in the Carolinas with numerous programs such as: the USGA Handicap System; tournament management software and support; course measuring and course/slope ratings; agronomy consultation; answers about the Rules of Golf, Rules of Amateur Status, and Handicapping; Carolinas Golf Magazine; Interclub series; Tarheel Youth Golf Association; Carolinas Golf Hall of Fame; expense assistance for USGA Junior and Girls' Junior qualifiers from the Carolinas; and the Carolinas Golf Foundation (CGF). The CGF has distributed nearly $2,000,000 since 1977 to benefit Carolinas' golf initiatives including junior and women's programs.    

For more information about the CGA, visit our website.



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